The 2017 Colleges with the Best Professors ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges have diverse, accomplished, and well paid faculty members that are highly rated by students. Learn where our data comes from.
|Student Surveys on Professors||Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the quality of professors at each school.||Self-reported by Niche users||25.0%|
|Professor Salary Index||Index of Professor Salary against Median Household Income in the local area.||U.S. Dept. of Education||20.0%|
|Student-Faculty Ratio||Total full-time undergraduate students per full-time undergraduate faculty.||U.S. Dept. of Education||12.5%|
|Faculty Awards||Number of faculty awards per full-time faculty member.||The Center for Measuring University Performance||7.5%|
|Faculty Diversity Index||An index of Faculty Racial Diversity.||U.S. Dept. of Education||7.5%|
|Faculty National Academy Membership||Percent of full-time faculty who are National Academy members.||The Center for Measuring University Performance||7.5%|
|Percent Instructional Faculty Full-Time||Percent of instructional faculty working full-time for the institution.||U.S. Dept. of Education||7.5%|
|Research Expenditures per Student||Total expenditures dedicated to research per full-time undergraduate student.||U.S. Dept. of Education||7.5%|
|Faculty Gender Ratio (M-F)||Ratio of male to female faculty.||U.S. Dept. of Education||5.0%|
This ranking assesses 1,606 4-year colleges and universities. The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Professor Grade for each ranked school as well as additional 4-year colleges, community colleges, trade schools, and other 2-year programs. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the colleges.
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